Ryan Studer

Ryan S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Experienced cello, drum, piano, and guitar player of 20 years. Has a MFA degree in music composition + a BFA in music performance. Recorded professionally for tv shows such as "Glee," "Entertainment Tonight," and "Extra." Also records for "Sonoton Recordings." Currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Teaches locally, in-studio, and online. Occasionally travels to Japan to perform + teach.

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  • Speaks English, Spanish, Japanese
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts

Reviews (15)

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Akemi Jun 2, 2017
Drum · In studio

I could not ask for more in a teacher. Ryan is amazing in every way. He has been teaching my 4 year old son the drums for nearly a year. When my son started lessons, he was actually below the minimum age for students, but he shared a passion for music that Ryan was willing to cultivate and be patient with.

Ryan is versatile in his teaching methods, creative, open, patient. Teaching a young student, Ryan adjusted to teaching music reading fundamentals with colors and shapes. He also figured out ways to correct, critique and build all the while building a young child's confidence.

Ryan provides a written evaluation of our son annually and has him prepare for two public recitals a year. Ryan integrates modern technology into the lessons to quickly provide feedback and create customized beats and tempos to practice to.

Above all, Ryan smiles and laughs. He makes every lesson pleasant and we treasure him, truly.

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Matthew K. Feb 5, 2017
Cello · In home

Awesome first lesson with Ryan, he teaches at whatever pace you learn best at.

Dat T. Aug 27, 2016
Guitar · In home

Ryan is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I had a great time learning guitar from him. Make sure you tell him what your goals are so he can help you achieve them.

Michael A. Aug 12, 2016
Cello · Online

Great job. I think Ryan is what I needed.

Robert Charles Apr 3, 2016
Cello · In home

Well I'm in my second year of cello and Ryan has been a tremendous and very positive part of it!! His attention and feedback have always been positive and he pushes me to challenge myself which I love. I'm so grateful to have found Ryan and I look forward to every lesson! I plan on having him as my teacher for as long as I can and highly suggest to anyone looking to learn the cello to try him out. You'll be as happy as I am that you did!!

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TANEISHA C. Jan 8, 2016
Drum · In studio

Ryan is Awesome! He is very patient with my 9yr old. We've been taking drum lessons for a little over 2 months and my son already knows how to read sheet music, and even learned to play a few songs. I am very impressed! Ryan is very encouraging and positive during the lessons. My son leaves with a sense of motivation and confidence after every lesson! As long as he keeps his interest in playing drums, we will certainly stick with Ryan. Thanks, Ryan!!!

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Nina K. Dec 13, 2015
Cello · Online

Ryan was great. He put to ease a nervous almost 8 year old and was very skilled at playing her music "on tap." He hadn't seen some of the music until the lesson but you would never know it. He picked out many great things in her playing that made the overall piece sound better and more developed. We're looking forward to our next lesson.

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Rita N. Nov 13, 2015
Cello · Online

Ryan is a great teacher. He is very patient with my 9 year old son Max who is new to the cello. Max looks forward to his weekly lessons and Ryan is doing a fabulous job at helping him keep up with his fellow Cello players at school.
Max has requested a longer lesson time which is a good sign he is beginning to feel more confidant.
Ryan is very professional and shows that he really cares about Max's progress. My husband and I were unsure if Cello lessons online would work but everything is going smoothly so far...Plus it's much more convenient.

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Clara J. Nov 5, 2015
Cello · Online

He is very encouraging. He finds pieces that will challenge. He has been a wonderful teacher.

AARYA Sep 7, 2015
Cello · Online

Ryan did a great job with his lessons..was very helpful to tutor a piece on very short notice.

Robert Charles Jun 14, 2015
Cello · In studio

Ryan was great!! He took the time to find out what my level of knowledge was and we took off from there. I like the fact that he has his cello and plays along to help guide the student. I'm looking forward to my next lesson and all the practice time!!

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Cesar P. May 11, 2015
Cello · In home

I'm very glad I found Ryan. I was a bit hesitant to take cello lessons because I'm a male in my mid 20s, I've never played, and I was intimidated by the whole idea. Ryan makes it fun and stress-free, he's very patient, and most importantly - he cares! I know he cares about my progress because he proactively met with me on a non-lesson day so that I could tape up my cello and repair the broken string in order to have enough time to practice. I'm very comfortable with Ryan as my instructor and I look forward to my continued progress through his excellent guidance.

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Mia O. Apr 22, 2015
Cello · In studio

Finding an individual with the credentials or capacity to develop your technique isn't really the difficult part in searching for a teacher. As a twenty-something in the early stages of developing my career, I place a much higher value in being inspired.

Despite having no prior experience with the cello and having little time to practice in between lessons, Ryan does a great job in simplifying the musical concepts and subtly drilling in the key points-- so much so that I can actually hear the improvement with every session. Not only is he very patient and attentive, Ryan also shows an obvious enthusiasm towards his craft that is highly infectious.

The lessons themselves are thorough, but still engaging. Given my hectic lifestyle, I was initially uncertain about committing to a new skill and figured my interest in the cello would waver. I'm still no cello aficionado--however, this first set of lessons has surprisingly heightened that initial interest and convinced me to keep at it.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for a teacher or considering the instrument, I would definitely recommend giving Ryan a shot!

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Elizabeth S. Apr 10, 2015
Cello · In home

Ryan is very patient. In spite of my very little musical knowledge, I feel myself gradually getting more confident with the cello. Each lessons gets just enough more challenging than the last.

A+ teacher

Mary G. Mar 3, 2015
Cello · In studio

I first started taking lessons from Ryan during his tenure at the Musician's Depot in Sherman Oaks. It's been 2 years since and he's been nothing but great! He's easy-going and works at your own pace. You get a real sense that he actually cares about your improvement as a player! :) Can't recommend him enough!

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Mar 2015 - Present

Greenbrooms Music Academy

Session Cellist
Mar 2013 - Present

Sonoton Recordings, Atrium Recordings

Freelance recordings/cues for composers under Sonoton and Atrium Recordings. Recordings were included in television programs such as "Extra," "Extreme Makeover," and "Entertainment Tonight."

Session Cellist
Jun 2009 - Feb 2011

Immediate Music / Trailer Music Live Orchestra

Recorded for Immediate's trailer music library + performed tracks from Immediate Music with "Trailer Music Live" orchestra in 2009.


Bachelor of Fine Arts
Sep 2008 - May 2012

California Institute of the Arts



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency

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